Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Conkerr Cancer Pillowcase

My friend, Amy, and I have been teaching a sewing class for the elementary-aged kids at church over the past three weeks.  This week they will finish making their very own pillowcases and also have the opportunity to make a second case to donate to the Conkerr Cancer Pillowcase Program at a local hospital.  I made a pillowcase today to donate to a student of mine who is in the hospital with cancer.  It was really easy to make using the "roll-up" method.  Here's how it's done.

Pre-step - wash all fabric before cutting/sewing
Step 1 - Cut main fabric to 41" x 27" and iron
Step 2 - Cut accent (cuff) fabric to 41" x 10" and iron
Step 3 - Lay accent piece right side up on work surface

Step 4 - lay main piece wrong side up on top of accent piece

Step 5 - roll main fabric up from the bottom towards the top
Step 6 - bring accent fabric up and over rolled up main fabric

Step 7 - pin the heck out of it

Step 7.5 - admire your handiwork

Step 8 - sew a straight stitch along length

Step 8.5 - admire your handiwork

Step 9 - start to pull main fabric out of its roll

Step 9.5 - keep pulling

Done with the cuff - note how all the raw edges are hidden

I finished off the case with French seams on the side and bottom to keep all the raw edges enclosed. (Here is a great tutorial on how to do a French seem by Coletterie.)  But, you can can simply sew the right sides together and serge, zigzag stitch, or trim/press the edges.  From start to finish it took me less than an hour, and that was with lots of extra ironing and sewing for the French seams.

I can't wait for the kids to finish their pillowcases!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

RDS Recital 2012

Today was our 3rd Robin's Dance Studio recital (Chloe's 6th recital and Bradley's 3rd).  I had to do the mother/son dance with Bradley since I kinda sorta forced Mike to dance with Chloe last year.  Not too much foresight there, huh? But, the kids all did great and much fun was had by all. 

From L-R: Bradley, Chloe, Me, Alexis, Erin, Alyssa, Meghan, McKenna, Kim

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bluebonnets 2012

This year we brought the Cousins along for our annual Texas Bluebonnet pictures.  

Chloe (7), Bradley (6)

Alexis (13), Alec (9), Bradley, Chloe, Alyssa (4)

Me and my sister (both 29, of course)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

No more curls

Bradley has always had long, curly hair and he's always been proud of it.  But, lately some rotten boys at school have been teasing him, so he has been begging me for a hair cut.  Today, I finally gave in and only cried a tiny bit as he got his first real haircut.  He is an absolute doll, but it's going to take me a while to get used to his new look.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Meet Rosie

Turns out Rocky was lonely.  So, at Repticon (really) Chloe chose a little friend for him - Rosie. She was born in October and is a Tequila corn snake.  Let's just hope they remain a family of only two.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Meet Rocky

We are now the proud owners of a new pet - Rocky, the baby corn snake.  He will get to be about 5 feet long, live for 20 years, and eat mice.  He will live in my daughter's room and she could not be happier.  Anyone want to come over and play?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


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